The Grenfell Inquiry has referred to photographs of the refurbishment of the west London high-rise submitted by Studio E Architects
The three photographs, which were taken during and after the improvement works between 2014 and 2016, were referred to at an inquiry hearing last week.
In the session, QC Richard Millett questioned firefighter Richard Hippel from Kensington about his description of the night of the fire on 14 June.
In his written statement, Hippel, who arrived at the tower at 1:05 am, said that as he approached the tower he saw light grey smoke coming from ‘what looked like vents’ above the tower entrance.
Using Studio E’s photographs of the tower, Millett asks Hippel to confirm if the vents above the main entrance door were those he was referring to in his statement.
’My memory, I seem to think they’re a bit lower than that, but if those are the only vents on the front of that entrance to the building, then those are the vents that I saw,’ he replied.
Studio E Architects was among the ‘core participant’ firms criticised by lawyers in June for its failure to provide an opening statement to the hearing.
The first six months of the inquiry is focusing solely on what happened on the night of the fire, followed by months of further evidence examining why the fire happened.
A timetable for the second part of the inquiry has yet to be set.
A spokesperson for the Inquiry confirmed the images had been submitted by Studio E.
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